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    September 28, 2010
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>> justice for him. that was my concern because he can't speak for himself. he's gone, and i had to make sure that they were held accountable. >> reporter: while the court made sure of that, parrish's mother michelle had her last words delivering a witness impact statement that hushed the courtroom but seemingly didn't faze the man who ordered her son's murder. did you see any reaction? >> he had no remorse. he had no remorse. nor did he even want to speak up on his behalf. that means a lot. he didn't feel sorry. >> reporter: as the prosecution said rawlings will have the rest of his life in a 5 by 10 cell to think about it. >> to be a gang member and to have this alleged code and to kill someone for a violation of the code we really think is a heiness act and we believe it justly deserves life without parole. >> reporter: rawlings' mother had nothing to say to our
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camera but apologized to parish's mother in court for her son's "alleged actions. " the attorney says they plan to appeal. rawlings currently is serving five years in baltimore city for an armed robbery. he will begin serving life with no possibility of parole after he serves that current sentence. rawlings is 24 years old and has a 3-year-old child. brian kuebler, abc2 news. tonight, the baltimore city police department is mourning the loss of one of their own. officer james fowler, a 33 year veteran died in a crash in central pennsylvania last night. investigators believe weather caused fowler to run his pickup truck off the road and crash into a barrier. he was on his way to penn state university to take part in a training program on accident investigation. he leaves behind a wife and two children. baltimore city police are investigating the death of a woman in west baltimore. the woman was found in the 1,900 block of mckeen avenue this morning.
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police say the victim was believed to be stabbed to death. investigators are still trying to figure out the motive. and, a trial date has been set for a baltimore couple accused of killing johns hopkins university researcher steve picarin. they will stand trial in january, according to charging documents the couple demanded cash from picarin as he walked home in charles village last month. he was stabbed in the chest. another building collapse in west baltimore today. this time it happened in the 4100 block of oakfield avenue this morning. the road was shut down for a time between norfolk avenue and fairview avenue while crews worked at the scene. yesterday, a building on druid hill avenue and laurens street collapsed. no one was inside and no one was hurt. weather-wise today, had some showers, even some thunderstorms this morning. then the sunshine out and kind of muggy but cooler and drier is going to be the story tonight. then big changes on the way as
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we work into tomorrow night into thursday. looks like more rain. 81 at the inner harbor now. we've got 79 in annapolis. 79 in cambridge. maryland's most powerful doppler radar, and our satellite trend both showing clearing out of the west. just an isolated shower or two up in the central western part of the state. but not much at all. so the rest of the evening we're talking about 70s, variably cloudy skies, a little breezy out there. temperatures cooling off tonight. a nice start tomorrow. then once again we think the weather is going to take a turn for the worse. we'll have details on this next round of possible flooding rain coming up. the johns hopkins doctor shot by a patient's son is out of the hospital tonight. dr. david cohen was released last night. 50-year-old paul warren pardis shot the doctor in the stomach after telling him about his mother's diagnosis. he then shot his mother before turning the done on himself. no word yet when dr. cohen will
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return to work. former president jimmy carter developed an upset stomach on a flight and was taken to cleveland hospital. a report says the 85-year-old was a passenger late this morning and became sick. he was taken off the plane by rescue crew. he is now resting comfortably. he was scheduled to appear at a book signing for his new book "the white house diary" but is expected to resume his book tour later this week. a developing story -- a gunman opened fire in a university of texas campus library, then killed himself. police are searching for a possible second suspect. investigators say 19-year-old colton actually opened fire -- tooly opened fire on the sixth floor of the library. police were patrolling nearby buildings with bomb-sniffing dogs to hunt for a possible second suspect and make sure no explosives have been left behind. students have been urged to stay indoors and the university
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cancelled all classes for the day. one month after that gas explosion and huge fire in san bruno, california, questions still remain like, what caused it and could it have been prevented. california senators have introduced legislation to boost pipeline safety. they want to double the number of inspectors and increase the penalties for safety violations and require automatic electronic shutoff valves in case of a fire or other emergency. the owner of the pipeline was unable to shut off the gasline for about an hour and 46 minutes. >> i don't think we can wait. we know, if there was an automatic shutoff valve we would not be here today. >> according to the federal agency overseeing the nation's pipelines there were 265 significant incidents last year alone and 14 deaths. industry officials are asking for changes as well. last week they told a house committee they want the federal government to force states and
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local agencies to notify utilities before they begin digging near oil and gas pipelines. in washington, the major changes at the white house. as staffers who serve the president for two years look to move on. this comes just weeks before the november elections. here's abc's john hendren. >> reporter: the president's righthand man has long dreamed of running the nation's second city. >> one day i would like to run for mayor of chicago. that has always been an aspiration of mine. even when i was in the house of representatives. >> reporter: as rahm emanuel told charlie rose, with mayor daly leaving the president will likely look for a new chief of staff to run the white house. >> i think that rahm will have to make a decision quickly because running for mayor of chicago is a serious enterprise and i know this is something he's been thinking about. >> has he told you what he wants to do? >> not yet but as soon as he does i'm sure we'll announce it. >> reporter: it's not just the captain of the white house
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ship. david axelrod departs next year though you can bet the president will occasionally call on him. >> i have never been on national television. >> reporter: then, despite the rocky economy there's the obama economic team. national council director larry summers leaving, peter orzak gone. council of economic advisors chair christina romer, gone. >> this is tough the work they've do. >> reporter: only treasury secretary tim geithner remains and he's under fire. >> president obama should ask for and accept the resignations of the remaining members of his economic team starting with secretary geithner. >> reporter: the president is reshaping his white house team with five weeks to go before mid-term elections and pollsters predicting big losses for democrats. the timing could hardly be more crucial. john hendren, abc news, washington. it looks like the recession may have taken a dramatic toll on marriage in america. census bureau numbers show that the percentage of people 18 and
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older who decided to get married last year was at the lowest point since the government began tracking the data over 100 years ago. democracy 2010 tonight -- president obama is trying to rekindle some of his 2008 campaign magic on college campuses and in his backyard visits. the two set strategies play out in four states today. just five weeks ahead of the elections. today at the home of a marine corps veteran and his wife, when the veteran's son broke down obama offered a presidential hug and while he didn't exactly kiss any babies he did have a suggestion for the mother-to-be. >> have you thought about barack as a name? >> nationwide democrats are bringing out political celebrities. this weekend. in new england president clinton and today vice president joe biden in pennsylvania. this friday it becomes illegal in maryland to talk on
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the cell phone while driving. that means you will need a hands-free device. new at 5:30, abc2 is working to help you find the best options. also new at 5:30, looking for a cheap giveaway? find out why fall is the best time to travel so you can get a good deal. plus, we are thinking pink all week. we have tips for you on how to help lower your risk of breast cancer. >> that's right. it's "think pink" week on abc2. we've got our "call 2 breast health." med star and abc2 working together. we have medical experts here. they have phones, they want you to call. they can answer your questions about breast cancer, breast health, if you need resources, treatment options, they want to talk to you. give them a call, the number is 410-481-2222. and right now i've got the opportunity to talk to amy, a dietician with franklin square hospital. talk about how diet impacts whether you'll get cancer or the outcome of cancer from what
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you eat. >> actually, some studies have shown up to 40% of cancersers -- is due to diet. try to focus on healthier options such as whole grain, leafy greens, fruits, a wide variety of fruits and vegetables does seem to help in the long run. >> reporter: healthy eating has a big impact? >> it does. >> thank you so much. think pink week continuing on abc2. let's keep these ladies busy. start calling with your questions. we'll be right back. four years ago, bob ehrlich got fired as governor of maryland. for good reason. first, he protected tax loopholes for giant cable cable companies. then, he let utilities jack up our rates 72%. and for the last four years, he worked as a hired gun for big corporations, even a bank that took billions from a taxpayer
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funded bailout. ehrlich sides with corporate executives again and again and again tell bob ehrlich big banks and billionares don't need help. middle class marylanders do.
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i'm frank kratovil and i approve this message. the real andy harris. buried in his website - a promise to replace the tax code with a 23% sales tax and eliminate the mortgage interest deduction. a bush tax panel said families would pay $6,000 more a year. a reagan tax advisor calls it a very dumb idea. but that's not his only bad idea. harris was the only senator to vote against expanding the child care tax credit and against the state's cancer treatment program. andy harris' extreme ideas will cost us.
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for all you women out there listen closely. there are decisions you can make now that can lower your risk for breast cancer. abc2 news linda so has five very important prevention tips. >> reporter: when it comes to breast cancer, there are certain risk factors women cannot control like family history and age. but there are things you can do to reduce your risk. first, a healthy diet and exercise can go a long way. >> try to maintain a healthy
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lifestyle. as well as a healthy weight. that includes exercising. we suggest that if you exercise four or more times a week that actually, that will reduce your risk of breast cancer. especially in women who are premenopausal. >> reporter: dr. garrett ray with veteran affairs says the second thing you can do is reduce how much alcohol you drink. >> if you are drinking seven or more a week that does significantly increase youric of breast cancer -- risk of breast cancer. >> reporter: third, talk to your doctor about hormone replacement therapy. it can actually increase your  risk of breast cancer. >> many women are prescribed it for menopausal symptoms. if you are taking it, discuss with your provider some other options. >> reporter: fourth, there are certain drugs out there that can reduce your risk. >> one of the medications is relloxifi nee, given to women to osteoporosis and we found it
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reduces the risk of breast cancer as well. >> reporter: fifth, pay attention to changes in your health. regular self-breast exams with detect potential problems. talk to your doctor about plm grams. >> in -- misdemeanor grams. >> in terms of early detection it saves lives. tomorrow, five ways to help a friend who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. it's "think pink" on abc2. the race for the cure is in hunt valley sunday. abc2 news will be live on the air to broadcast the event from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. you can still register for the race. head to abc2news.com. and when you get there click on the lifestyle tab and then "think pink." mayor stephanie rawlings-blake wants to get the city of baltimore moving. today the mayor announced the challenge, that is part of the healthy days initiative. the initiative stresses the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. the mayor and some local
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students got a good workout doing a variety of exercises including the zumba. >> i hope that you take the time this week to think about how you live, how you eat and how much exercise you get. and to know whether or not you have all your numbers related to your health, whether your blood pressure or sugar levels. all of those things that matter to how healthy you are. it will make a difference in our lives and put children on the right track. >> the challenge encourages city schools to come up with a plan to get healthy the schools with the most involvement will get rewards such as a pep rally and milk mustache photo shoot with the the baltimore ravens. work it. >> you said what? >> work it. >> a double arm thing going. i don't know what you call
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that. double barrel something in >> i don't know. >> double blenders. >> i don't know. it looked good. >> it did. they were getting down. finally, a lull in the action weatherwise. no rain tonight. a little rain this morning. >> a lot of rain. >> and tomorrow night, into thursday, most of the day thursday could be another washout. we're going to have it before the weekend. we may have more rain than we need. tonight all quiet on the rain. beautiful night. as we look over -- it's probably the beltway. i'm not sure. 79 degrees now. humidity 49%. and winds south/southwest at 9 miles per hour. where is kim adams when you need her? she knows them all. rain totals from this morning, primarily, more than an inch of rain here in perry hall. about a fifth-inch in edgemere and about a half-inch of rain in pylesville. so pretty wet weather scenario and as we take a look also at the high temperatures today we
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can see warm balmy conditions. that has been the scenario throughout most of the afternoon. 81, not bad, a couple degrees above average but not too bad and cooler off to the west. take a look out towards oakland, 59. we cooled off into the upper 70s. there's a cool front pushing through the area. beginning to drop the humidity levels, still pretty muggy from easton through dover and down towards ocean city. as we look a little wider you can see our satellite view along with maryland's most powerful doppler radar, most of the wet weather now well offshore. so bottom line, we're looking at basically some much drier conditions for about 24 hours. but by this time tomorrow evening, we think more rain will develop and come out of the south. so watching for that. here's the center of that area of low pressure that brought us all the rain and storms over the last 24 hours. as we look off to the south here, this boundary along the coast, looks like we're going to get a storm forming there and that is going to continue to track well off to the north
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as well. there's that storm center, dry air works in. again, only for about 24 hours. we check out the forecast model, look down here off the carolinas, you can see that storm beginning to spin up and comes as a coastal loa low. into the overnight hours and into early thursday. this is going to be a tremendous amount of rain. at this point in time it looks like we may be on the eastern edge of the system so perhaps we'll miss the heaviest of it, nonetheless still a coastal advisory this evening up along the chesapeake, through tomorrow morning and sure to see more flood watches and advisories up tomorrow night. then into thursday, thanks to the approaching rainstorm. overnight tonight we're talking about 57 or so. not bad. down to the upper 50s by daybreak. tomorrow, 2-degree guarantee only 73. so we'll see some sunshine early. then into the afternoon we'll look for clouds to thicken up out there and by tomorrow night we're talking about showers and storms. rain likely and the potential for flooding as we go into the early morning hours of
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thursday. again, checking that 7-day forecast. rain likely into at least the first half of the day thursday. and possible flooding. then drier for the weekend. and we're back down into the 60s, probably even saturday and on into sunday for the komen race. >> thank you. elmo fights back. all new at 5:30, a man in florida picked the wrong day to mess with elmo. we'll explain. also new at 5:30, more moms are working but there's still a gap in what they earn compared to men. a surprising new report coming up. bob ehrlich's real record on energy. lobbyists helped write utility regulations.
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we got stuck with a 72% rate hike. but martin o'malley got tough on bge, forcing them to pay back $2 billion to consumers. and what's bob ehrlich been doing the past four years? he got paid $2.5 million at a lobbying firm, a firm representing special interests and casinos right here in maryland. that's bob ehrlich-- a 72% increase for us and $2.5 million from special interests for himself. nice work, bob.
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old gibbs canning company. today these factories are full of dot com businesses. and now my job is helping maryland create new economy jobs. training new math and science teachers investing in our institutions of excellence pioneering new cyber security jobs and giving an old gm plant a jump start building electric motors. i'm barbara mikulski. i approve this message so you'll know i'm fighting for you. in tonight's "health alert" -- a new study find that lifestyle intervention among type 2
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diabetes patients greatly improved their weight, blood sugar and cholesterol levels. in turn those improvements helped lower patient' riching of heart disease -- risk of heart disease. >> reporter: a new study find that lifestyle interventions may be key in helping overweight patients control their diabetes. researchers monitored weight loss programs of more than 5,000 diabetic patients who were overweight or obese. half participated in three educational and support sessions a year. the other group was assigned an intensive lifestyle intervention that included a specialized diet and exercise program along with monthly meetings and phone calls. patients in this group lost significantly more weight and saw greater improvements in their blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. at the end of the four-year study lifestyle intervention patients were able to maintain their healthier lifestyles better than the nonintervention
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patients. researchers are not sure of the longterm effects on cardiovascular risk in this group but a healthy weight, exercise program and normal blood sugar and blood pressure levels are all associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. with this "medical minute," i'm dr. timothy johnson. it's time to invest in a bluetooth device if you have not already purchased one. talking on the phone behind the wheel could now cost you cash. more on the new hands-free law that hits maryland in just three days. that is coming up at 5:30.
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call 2 breast health"wraps up in 330 minutes. a -- 30 minutes. a radiologist. at harbor hospital. why is it important? >> we emphasize on the importance of timely appointments. if you need a biopsy or a diagnostic mammogram we try to do it same day or next day
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instead of waiting sometime, another hospital for weeks. also, we have under one roof all services. so there's no need for you to go in a different place. we do mri, ultrasound, mammography and biopsy in one place at harbor hospital. >> thank you, 410-481-2222. pick up the phone, give us a call. get your questions about your breast health answered in the next couple of minutes. before we wrap up at 6:00 tonight.
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if you don't own a bluetooth device now's the time to pick one up because the hands-free law hits maryland in just three days. good evening, i'm joce sterman. as of friday talking on the phone while driving will be illegal but you can still hold those important conversations while you drive if you've got the right equipment. as abc2 news don harrison explains, the new law means drivers need to hang up or pay up. >> thank you for calling, this is erica. >> reporter: it's getting busy on kit island, with the deadline for hands-free use of your cell phone looming people are trying to figure out their options and even what the heck is bluetooth. >> it can be as simple as plug
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in a device into your phone and putting it in your ear and saying hello. >> reporter: will sours is the general manager. he looked at thes, we looked at the ear bud for $20 to the wireless unit that turns your car into a speaker phone for $130. the latest technology makes it a lot easier. >> as technology improves you get faster processor speeds, clearer audio, louder speakers in a smaller more compact design. >> reporter: bluetooth has been the choice for the last few years. what is bluetooth anyway? >> bluetooth is another wireless technology that allows two devices to communicate with one another without a wire. >> reporter: some of the more expensive expensive blew tooths -- bluetoothing, transmits a signal to your f.m. radio. >> if you travel in the car a lot, not concerned about privacy it's definitely going to be what you are looking for. >> reporter: the bottom line is don't be afraid